Credit: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7767604/paramore-harry-styles-sign-of-the-hard-times-new-songs, http://weheartit.com/entry/group/28536313, http://weheartit.com/entry/group/40978817

Review: how is it possible I like Harry Styles’ new album more than Paramore’s?

I am twoseven rotations into Harry Styles’ self-titled debut album, and I never in my life imagined I could care this much about a member of OneDirection, ever. I was never their target demographic. But there is something otherworldly about Harry’s excellent and un-autotuned voice paired with a searing bluesy riff that I can’t quite articulate. And, in essence, I am very confused.

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Cool Stuff Sunday

Did you take your Myers-Briggs personality test yet? No? Okay well go do it and learn some shit about yourself. THEN, head to this brilliant Psychology Junkie article to identify your stressors. It gives incredibly useful tips about reacting to and relieving stress according to each personality type. As an ISFJ, this is too real and terrifyingly so.

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I fucking love Too Many Zooz after catching a video of them busking in the subway. I share that video every time it comes up in my Facebook feed, to the extent that my friends and fam now tag me whenever they see TMZ or Lucky Chops clips. Today, in the comment thread on a Lucky Chops performance I’ve seen a couple of times, I found this freaking GEM of Too Many Zooz busking at Christmas time. There are many santas and elves splashing cash and it’s all very adorable. Do yourself a favour and spend 10 minutes on this atrocious display of talent. The mind boggles, really.

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Everyone in the world who has a brain and/or emotions is grappling with the feelings that are accompanying the imminent departure of dream team Barack Obama and Joe Biden from The White House. To ease your suffering, take a look at this recap of some of the best Obaden memes from the last few months.

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For the last month or so, I’ve been bingeing on The Hook Up–a podcast of the Triple J segment that airs every Sunday night. The podcast, hosted by supermegababe Hannah Reilly, covers all manner of topics to do with sex, relationships and everything in between and it is bloody excellent. Even episodes dealing with topics I’d never thought to look into further (the recent show on living with HIV for example) are enlightening, funny and incredibly moving in some instances, and provide perspectives that maybe you didn’t know you needed to hear. Go check it.

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The Hamilton Mixtape is gonna drop real soon, and I’m dying with anticipation, but in the meantime, I’m spending every available moment on Lin-Manuel’s soundcloud account. It’s an incredible insight into his writing process. One of the most mind-blowing tracks (aside from the haunting demo of Satisfied) is this early draft of My Shot, complete with extended HERCULES MULLIGANNNNNNN (soz had to) verse:

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Looking to travel somewhere there are fewer crowds or less tourists to combat in queues at beautiful landmarks? NatGeo have put out a great list of 10 places that need more travellers. A couple of spots out of left field, but Armenia looks pretty freaking lovely, and I’ve always wanted to see Nepal.

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Continuing with the travel thing, now that I’m itching to get on a plane again now, here are some practical tips to saving your hard-earned cash for your next trip, thanks to my pal Tofu Traveler. I really am going to have to say goodbye to Apple Music, aren’t I?

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Silverchair is one of the best bands to come out of Australia probably ever, and I was stoked to find Triple J have done a huge retrospective on the J Files podcast. Catch the episode–featuring a pretty in-depth chat between The Doctor and Daniel Johns, and the accompanying four-chapter breakdown. Epic.

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As a lifelong Potterhead, it’s been interesting to watch the growth and expansion of the Potterverse since part two of The Deathly Hallows was released. This wonderful piece over on Buzzfeed really gets to the heart of how strange it feels to not be excited by more of something I have loved since I was 11. (FYI, I definitely, absolutely, unequivocally want a TV series about the Hogwarts Founders, so if someone at Netflix can run with this, that’d be super.)

With the Harry Potter franchise, it’s not an issue of quantity — it’s one of quality. The community around Harry Potter is used to being overwhelmed by material. They were revolutionary in that field, innovating what it meant to be a fan in the age of the internet, and serving as a gateway to many of what we consider the major fandoms and pop-cultural phenomena of the past decade.

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And to round off the day, here is my pal Simon Groth with the only response to Dylan’s Nobel Prize I care about. Absolutely spot on. A+. Five stars. Etc.

Cool Stuff Sunday: bumper edition

So for the first time in months, I haven’t posted for two Sundays in a row 😦 I AM SORRY LOYAL HUMANS, I was very very not alive after a major work project/event and several uni deadlines happened in the space of ten days. My gift to you is a GIGANTIC edition of Cool Stuff Sunday today, so enjoy many ridiculous things that I’ve found over the last fortnight. You’re welcome.

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I am a very annoying, affectionate person. My friends both love and hate me if we haven’t seen each other in a while, because one of the ways I express emotional reactions is by touching another human being, i.e. I will hug them for a very long time and smoosh their beautiful faces. Anyway, Mental_Floss has put together some “rules” (i really don’t know why they’re calling them rules but ok M_F, you do you) about touch, and how important it can be in alleviating some symptoms of depression.

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Speaking of it, a new study has found that depression may actually originate–at least for some people–in our immune systems. Take a look at this article over at the Sydney Morning Herald for one of the most interesting reads on neuroscience this week.

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The TOM HANKS TAKEDOWN over on Buzzfeed was amazingly gripping for a roasting of one of my faves??? Charting the rise and fall of Hanx is pretty spectacular, and so insanely in-depth that I’m left wondering if, in fact, the author has done their entire PhD on him. (Nice one if so).

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It’s November so as is my body’s wont, I’m getting itchy feet again. I’ve seen some berserk travel deals in the last month, and finally investigated what the heck an error fare is thanks to my buddy Tofu Traveler, who has some excellent tips for getting your cheap on when planning your next trip.

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R U INTROVERT? Have some tips about doing life.

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Who loves Beyonce? Me! Most of the time. If you do too, take a look at these mash-ups of Bey tunes with other excellent tunes. I’m particularly stoked with the Partition/Bitch Better Have My Money track, and the Halo/Fire Meet Gasoline mash-up is scratching at my insides, but basically these are all magnificent.

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Not part of the Beyhive?

Head over to the NME for a collection of Bowie’s isolated vocals on some of his most masterful pieces. What magic we have lost this year 😦

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An important discussion on what we need to talk about with our children when we talk about consent and body autonomy. 

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Pete Souza, the man behind the lens over the course of Barack Obama’s presidency has shared some of his favourite ever photographs of the outgoing President (jesus that’s hard to write). Wonderful, funny, heartwarming and poignant. I’m gonna miss this guy.

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Am absolutely loving my rewatch of Sailor Moon currently, and stumbled across these 15 things you might not know about good old meatball head. GET IT TOGETHER, TUXEDO MASK!

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And to take us out, here’s a thing. I saw A Monster Calls earlier in the week, and it annihilated what was left of me after a pretty huge fortnight. It was an absolutely beautiful retelling of Patrick Ness’ work, but make sure you take someone who’s going to hold your hand while you heave wracking sobs next to them.

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It’s been a crap day, so please enjoy things that have made me happy before midday happened.

I’ve been bursting to post this video on every social media channel possible since I saw Sing Street on Tuesday because I love everything about this ever so please enjoy this Back to The Future-inspired clip in which Aiden Gillen/Littlefinger dad-dances. You heard me.

This makes me so happy. GO SEE SING STREET.

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San Diego Comic-Con is on again. You know how I know? Because about a thousand awesome trailers just hit my Facebook feed thanks to the massive platform it is for launching good shit™. Please enjoy the many I have watched this morning:

I do heartily enjoy Lego movies/video games so this is gon’ be CUTE.

 

They promised us The Biggest Kong Ever and they defs did, but you’re gonna need a lot of peanut butter to fill that one…

 

 

(it was a great joke, don’t pretend otherwise)

 

Am I excited or completely baffled by Guy Ritchie’s take on the Excalibur legend? You tell me, I don’t even know.

 

So…. Just….. YES.

 

In an interesting turn of events, the full trailer actually leaves me wondering why they’ve decided to film version of Eddie Redmayne’s PokemonGo experience????????? But it’s Potterverse so I will be there, at the first session, in my Hermione costume because yOU CANNOT TAKE THIS AWAY FROM ME.

 

White Stripes + Jason Momoa + Ezra Miller + Batfleck = I AM SO READY

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This perfect Craigslist ad for a breakup blender is possibly my third favourite thing on the internet today (I really like trailers okay)

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A friend of mine recently posted a link to Every Noise At Once, a weird and awesome algorithm based on the near-1500 genres of music found on Spotify. Click on a weird one and be thrilled by the sudden realisation that you enjoy Freakbeat. ….???

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Alain de Botton has published a new work called The Course of Love, a novel (!!) set in Scotland. Over at Daily Life, Alain has also penned a meditation on the reasons Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person. It’s super interesting and highlights some of the key reasons I think marriage is for idiots.

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I think Vines are inherently dumb (I am being so negative today, I’m sorry!). But they’re everywhere, and fill up my algorithm-y Facebook feed every single day. Occasionally I’ll spy one that makes me giggle, or howl, with laughter. Like this ball of adorableness which you HAVE PROBABLY ALREADY SEEN but idc I love this stupid video the end. You’re welcome.

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Adaptations are probably my most favourite thing in the world. They combine one cool thing with another, eg books with film or television, and music underneath. There’s probably nothing better to me than a truly wondrous adaptation (some greats that spring to mind are Ang Lee’s Sense & Sensibility and Life of Pi, Philip Martin’s Birdsong, and of course, HBO’s Game of Thrones–read the book and then tell me the first season isn’t infinitely better). There are a billion others worthy of love, and B&P have released a list of adaptations coming in 2016 to look out for. Yaaaaaassss.

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Grammarly is one of my fave grammar resources, and recently they posted a quick bit about the phrase ‘bad rap’, which is often confused (by me and a whole bunch of you) with ‘bad wrap’. Anyway, I was v excited for the clarification, so go and get learned.

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Speaking of raps, a video is doing the rounds on my FB after the #Brexit vote of British rapper/amazing human being Akala–whom you may remember from the TedX talk I posted recently about Shakespeare & hip hop. He appeared on Frankie Boyle’s Election Autopsy in 2015, and gave this incredible response to the question of racism in Britain.

You can find the full segment on YouTube.

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Lastly, on this cold but kinda nice Sunday, we need to talk about M.I.L.F.$ by Fergie. Here it is if you haven’t seen/heard it. Prepare yourself.

So. I mean. Like. Just. Dang. This is the most ridiculous song I’ve ever heard or seen a video for but I straight up love it. I don’t know what it is. Babes being babes? Celebrating (albeit in the strangest way possible) motherhood and still being ridic hot? Chrissy Teigen (my kween) just being in it? Hugely styled everything? Terrible choreography? Spelling out every word in the second verse? Fergie’s comeback? I don’t even know but I am so ready for this ridiculous album to drop.

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Spent a bunch of time this week belting out two of four of my final assessments for this semester, and discovered that Mr David Bowie’s discography is a fucking excellent way to distract your ears from the boredom/stress. (See, told you I’d do the Bowie Adventure in time!) Came across a particularly excellent playlist on YouTube, featuring a similarly excellent cover of Friday on My Mind. It’s originally an EasyBeats track, which is bloody sad considering Stevie Wright died just two weeks before Bowie. 2016 has been a shocker for dead artists, so super done with it 😦 In any case, enjoy this piece of musical magic and don’t be sad, friend ❤

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One of my fave earthly beings and all-round great human, Chuck Wendig, finally fucking listened to Hamilton. This email hit my inbox as I was a third of the way through a rotation of Hamilton so everything really lined up bigtime for me on the lovin’-it scale. I don’t need Chuck to tell you about Hamilton, because it is amazing and that’s the only opinion that matters, but what he says about the exclusivity of pop culture references, and the necessity for some art to be absorbed in a distraction-free zone, really hit home for me. And basically I just wanted to share the convergence of two brilliant things. So shuddup and go read.

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I’m a big fan of leggings (who the fuck isn’t?) and my dance instructor recently gifted our group with a link to her secret supplier. She frequently wears insane leggings, like, just, wild designs. And now we all can too, for a handy $75 (ehhhhh). However, I’m particularly obsessed with #CMYK, #DutchFloral, #StrawberryThief, and #FreeStyleScales *hearteyes*

Review: My Bowie adventure – part I

Credit: exshoesme.comLike just about everyone on the planet, I was devastated by the news that David Bowie had passed away yesterday, just days after the release of his (now final) album Blackstar, and his 69th birthday. Three days ago, I had saved Blackstar in my Spotify app to review. While there were key Bowie songs I knew and loved, I had never heard an album in full, and I wanted to experience that magic that I knew touched everyone who listened to his music.

The first time I heard of David Bowie (that I can remember), I was a kid watching Rage with my Dad, back when he was newly divorced from my mum and lived in a bachelor pad. We shared his double bed in the corner of the lounge room and watched cartoons on Saturday mornings before he made cheese soldiers and switched to Rage to watch music videos. One day, in this one video, a weird guy with shaggy mullet hair was jumping and dancing about like a loon, and I loved the trumpets that opened the song. Though I can’t remember it specifically, I would bet a trillion dollars that Dad and I got up and danced around like Mick Jagger, because we still do shit like that 25 years later. Continue reading

Review: JK Simmons whiplashin’ my nerves to hell

So ever since I saw the trailer a billion years ago, Whiplash has been on my Must See list of 2014. And, yes, I am aware, it’s now 2015 (thank you) and I’ve only just rented it today so shutup and stop pointing out my flaws okay?

Moving on. Miles Teller became one of my favourite PYT’s after his performance in The Spectacular Now, and I’ve seen just about everything he’s done since then. I also won a bunch of cool Insurgent related stuff at the premiere in my hometown because I knew who he was and apparently no one else in a whole full cinema did, so obvs we’re destined to get married. Anyway. Continue reading